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Calendar of San Francisco Shows for 2015 & 2016

San Francisco theater has hundreds of shows every year. With more than a dozen theaters in San Francisco, you will find a wide variety of shows from dramas to comedies.

You can choose to see a performance at one of the larger theaters such as the Orpheum with popular shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Book of Mormon, and Matilda. You can also catch a show in a smaller, more intimate theater, such as the SF Playhouse in Union Square.

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Below you will find a schedule of shows for 2015 & 2016. Each show has a quick overview including the theater, dates, times, and how you can find tickets.

2015 & 2016 Theater Calendar by Month
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May June July
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San Francisco Theater: August 2015

Phantom of the Opera

phantom of the operaPhantom of the Opera takes the stage at the Orpheum Theater August 19 - October 4. This award-winning production offers brilliant new scenery, updated staging, and exciting special effects. If you haven't had the chance to see it in the past, now is the time!

Dates: August 19 - October 4

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


Matilda

matildaThis Tony Award-winning musical tells about a young girl, Matilda, with big dreams about a more fulfilling and interesting life. Will she takes the chance she needs to stand up and change her life forever?

Dates: July 15 - August 15

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


Company

companyA musical comedy about what happens when it's your birthday and you are balancing three girlfriends and married friends. It's set in Manhattan and follows a bachelor unable to make a commitment as he gets involved in the ups and downs of his friends' relationships.

Dates: July 7 - September 12

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now on Goldstar at Up to 50% Off


1 2 3

123This is the story of three sisters that are separated when their parents are taken to jail for domestic terrorism. All three are placed in different foster home and come up with their own way to survive. This dark drama is all about frustrations among the three sisters and what you go through as you grow up.

Dates: August 12 - September 5

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar


Beach Blanket Babylon

beach blanketJoin the cast of Beach Blanket Babylon for a crazy and zany evening of song, dance and pop culture comedy. Every night in North Beach, you get the chance to catch a performance of this long running musical comedy.

All shows are 21+ unless noted.

Learn More: Beach Blanket FAQs and Ticketing Details

Buy Tickets: Buy Your Tickets Today on Viator


Foodies, The Musical

foodies theaterThis funny musical is the perfect night out for anyone that loves food! Laugh along to the mix of songs and sketches about eating habits, trendy restaurants, food trucks and more.

Dates: Most Friday and Saturday nights

Location: The Shelton Theater at 533 Sutter Street

Tickets: On Sale for Up to Half-Off on Goldstar


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San Francisco Theater: September 2015

Phantom of the Opera

phantom of the operaPhantom of the Opera takes the stage at the Orpheum Theater August 19 - October 4. This award-winning production offers brilliant new scenery, updated staging, and exciting special effects. If you haven't had the chance to see it in the past, now is the time!

Dates: August 19 - October 4

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


Company

companyA musical comedy about what happens when it's your birthday and you are balancing three girlfriends and married friends. It's set in Manhattan and follows a bachelor unable to make a commitment as he gets involved in the ups and downs of his friends' relationships.

Dates: July 7 - September 12

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now on Goldstar at Up to 50% Off


1 2 3

123This is the story of three sisters that are separated when their parents are taken to jail for domestic terrorism. All three are placed in different foster home and come up with their own way to survive. This dark drama is all about frustrations among the three sisters and what you go through as you grow up.

Dates: August 12 - September 5

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale at Up to 50% Off on Goldstar


Between Riverside and Crazy

riverside and crazy This Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy tells the story of an ex-cop and recent widower, Walter "Pops" Washington, and his recently paroled son, Junior, struggling against their landlord, the city, gentrification, troublesome house guests, and their inner demons to hang onto their coveted rent-controlled New York City apartment. After a lifetime of living between Riverside and Crazy, will they manage to win this battle?

Dates: September 2 - 27

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Monstress

monsterous This theatrical adaptation of short stories by San Francisco author Lysley Tenorio captures the struggle of a Filipino movie director chasing the American dream from Manila to California. Set in 1970s Bay Area during the infamous eviction of Filipino residents from San Francisco's International Hotel, get ready to enter a world of love and longing.

Dates: September 16 - November 22

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Dogfight: A Love Story

dogfightsDogfight is a story of love between Eddie and Rose. As Eddie gets set to head to war, he accepts a bet from his friends. On his last night in town, he meets Rose and she becomes the focus of his bet. What happens when the night does not turn out as Eddie expects?

Dates: September 22 - November 7

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale


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San Francisco Theater: October 2015

Phantom of the Opera

phantom of the operaPhantom of the Opera takes the stage at the Orpheum Theater August 19 - October 4. This award-winning production offers brilliant new scenery, updated staging, and exciting special effects. If you haven't had the chance to see it in the past, now is the time!

Dates: August 19 - October 4

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


Monstress

monsterous This theatrical adaptation of short stories by San Francisco author Lysley Tenorio captures the struggle of a Filipino movie director chasing the American dream from Manila to California. Set in 1970s Bay Area during the infamous eviction of Filipino residents from San Francisco's International Hotel, get ready to enter a world of love and longing.

Dates: September 16 - November 22

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Ah, Wilderness!

ah wildernes Eugene O'Neill's celebrated coming-of-age comedic drama follows one romantic young man's first encounter with love and heartbreak in a turn-of-the-century small town. This tale of love and youthful discoveries is an American classic.

Dates: October 14 - November 8

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Once

onceA unique Tony Award-winning musical in which the actor-musicians showcase their instrumental talents onstage and capture the power of music to connect people. They tell the story of a struggling street musician who finds hope in a deeply complex relationship with a beautiful young woman.

Dates: October 27 - November 1

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


Dogfight: A Love Story

dogfightsDogfight is a story of love between Eddie and Rose. As Eddie gets set to head to war, he accepts a bet from his friends. On his last night in town, he meet Rose and she becomes the focus of his bet. What happens when the night does not turn out as Eddie expects?

Dates: September 22 - November 7

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale


Top Activities in October

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November 2015

If/Then: A New Musical

if thenIf/Then is a new musical from the creators of the award winning show Next to Normal. It's a modern musical about what it's like to live in New York today and all of the possibilities the city brings to those that live there.

Dates: November 10 - December 6

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour

riverdanceAn international Irish dance sensation that transcends generations and cultures with an innovative fusion of dance, music and song, arriving in North America after a sold-out tour in Europe and Asia.

Dates: November 4 - 8

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


Dogfight: A Love Story

dogfightsDogfight is a story of love between Eddie and Rose. As Eddie gets set to head to war, he accepts a bet from his friends. On his last night in town, he meet Rose and she becomes the focus of his bet. What happens when the night does not turn out as Eddie expects?

Dates: September 22 - November 7

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Ah, Wilderness!

ah wildernes Eugene O'Neill's celebrated coming-of-age comedic drama follows one romantic young man's first encounter with love and heartbreak in a turn-of-the-century small town. This tale of love and youthful discoveries is an American classic.

Dates: October 14 - November 8

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Monstress

monsterous This theatrical adaptation of short stories by San Francisco author Lysley Tenorio captures the struggle of a Filipino movie director chasing the American dream from Manila to California. Set in 1970s Bay Area during the infamous eviction of Filipino residents from San Francisco's International Hotel, get ready to enter a world of love and longing.

Dates: September 16 - November 22

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


StageKiss

stage kissGet ready for art to imitate life or is it life imitating art? This semi-romantic comedy is the story of what happens when on-stage and off-stage lives become intermixed. Is this a real kiss or is it just part of the show?

Dates: November 17 - January 9

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


December 2015

If/Then: A New Musical

if thenIf/Then is a new musical from the creators of the award winning show Next to Normal. It's a modern musical about what it's like to live in New York today and all of the possibilities the city brings to those that live there.

Dates: November 10 - December 6

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

gentlemansA funny story about an heir to a fortune that works hard to move himself up the line in order to inherit more money. To do that, he tries to take off those above him - one by one. While he does that, he also needs to juggle his mistress, fiancee, and try to stay away from the police. This musical comedy is a 2014 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical.

Dates: December 1 - 27

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


A Christmas Story

a christmas storyBased on the 1983 classic film, "A Christmas Story," this Tony Award-winning musical tells the hilarious holiday story of a young boy named Ralph Parker who desperately seeks to ensure his coveted Red Ryder B-B gun ends up under the Christmas tree.

Dates: December 9 - 13

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


A Christmas Carol

christmas carol For 40 years, SF's American Conservatory Theater has performed this lively, colorful, and musical version of Charles Dickens' classic tale. It is a holiday favorite for Bay Area families.

Dates: December 4 - 27

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Tickets: On Sale Now


StageKiss

stage kissGet ready for art to imitate life or is it life imitating art? This semi-romantic comedy is the story of what happens when on-stage and off-stage lives become intermixed. Is this a real kiss or is it just part of the show?

Dates: November 17 - January 9

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


January 2016

Jersey Boys

jersey boysBased on the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical tells how a group of blue-collar boys sored to American pop music fame with their signature sound. The musical features the group's hit songs, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Oh, What a Night," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

Dates: January 20 - February 14

Location: Orpheum Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


StageKiss

stage kissGet ready for art to imitate life or is it life imitating art? This semi-romantic comedy is the story of what happens when on-stage and off-stage lives become intermixed. Is this a real kiss or is it just part of the show?

Dates: November 17 - January 9

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Nether

the netherThe Nether is part crime drama and part sci-fi thriller that tells the story of what happens when we try to live out our fantasies online. It's about a young detective that discovers a disturbing type of entertainment online and what happens when her discovery turns into a dark battle between human nature and online fantasy.

Dates: January 19 - March 5

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Satchmo at the Waldorf

satchmo at the waldorf This one-man show takes place backstage at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where jazz great Louis Armstrong has just finished performing one of his last shows and recounts the events that made him into the amazing "Satchmo." This acclaimed off-Broadway hit offers a unique look into the passion, struggle, and artistry of this man's incredible career.

Dates: January 13 - February 7

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


February 2016

Jersey Boys

jersey boysBased on the true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, this Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical tells how a group of blue-collar boys sored to American pop music fame with their signature sound. The musical features the group's hit songs, including "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Sherry," "Walk Like a Man," "Oh, What a Night," and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

Dates: January 20 - February 14

Location: Orpheum Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Satchmo at the Waldorf

satchmo at the waldorf This one-man show takes place backstage at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where jazz great Louis Armstrong has just finished performing one of his last shows and recounts the events that made him into the amazing "Satchmo." This acclaimed off-Broadway hit offers a unique look into the passion, struggle, and artistry of this man's incredible career.

Dates: January 13 - February 7

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


The Unfortunates

the unfortunates This mystical musical journey was a huge hit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, and is now coming to San Francisco. Based on the old blues song "St. James Infirmary," this is a story about finding hope in prison, and the power of creating music in the face of loss and fear.

Dates: February 3 - April 10

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Dirty Dancing

dirty dancingThis classic story is coming to stage in February in San Francisco. It features hit songs such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." This musical follows the story of two young lovers in the summer of 1963 at a vacation resort in the Caskill Mountains in New York.

Dates: February 23 - March 20

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Nether

the netherThe Nether is part crime drama and part sci-fi thriller that tells the story of what happens when we try to live out our fantasies online. It's about a young detective that discovers a disturbing type of entertainment online and what happens when her discovery turns into a dark battle between human nature and online fantasy.

Dates: January 19 - March 5

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


March 2016

Dirty Dancing

dirty dancingThis classic story is coming to stage in February in San Francisco. It features hit songs such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life." This musical follows the story of two young lovers in the summer of 1963 at a vacation resort in the Caskill Mountains in New York.

Dates: February 23 - March 20

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Nether

the netherThe Nether is part crime drama and part sci-fi thriller that tells the story of what happens when we try to live out our fantasies online. It's about a young detective that discovers a disturbing type of entertainment online and what happens when her discovery turns into a dark battle between human nature and online fantasy.

Dates: January 19 - March 5

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Unfortunates

the unfortunates This mystical musical journey was a huge hit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, and is now coming to San Francisco. Based on the old blues song "St. James Infirmary," this is a story about finding hope in prison, and the power of creating music in the face of loss and fear.

Dates: February 3 - April 10

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Realistic Joneses

realistic jonese This Broadway hit is a touching and funny new play set in small town America. Featuring two couples who are next-door neighbors, this piece brilliantly addresses the difficulty of truly communicating and knowing one another through everyday language.

Dates: March 9 - April 3

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Colossal

colossalFollow the story of what happens when football and dance collide. It starts with a full football game and a half time show. As these two very different worlds interact, the players and dancers learn about recovery and loss as well as what it's really like to just be yourself.

Dates: March 15 - April 30

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


April 2016

The Realistic Joneses

realistic jonese This Broadway hit is a touching and funny new play set in small town America. Featuring two couples who are next-door neighbors, this piece brilliantly addresses the difficulty of truly communicating and knowing one another through everyday language.

Dates: March 9 - April 3

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


The Unfortunates

the unfortunates This mystical musical journey was a huge hit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year, and is now coming to San Francisco. Based on the old blues song "St. James Infirmary," this is a story about finding hope in prison, and the power of creating music in the face of loss and fear.

Dates: February 3 - April 10

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Colossal

colossalFollow the story of what happens when football and dance collide. It starts with a full football game and a half time show. As these two very different worlds interact, the players and dancers learn about recovery and loss as well as what it's really like to just be yourself.

Dates: March 15 - April 30

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


May 2016

Red Velvet

red velvetIt's London in 1833 and no black man has ever taken the stage in a production. This is until now. It's the story of Ida, a young black American. In his journey to break the color barrier, he also has to fight the local ideals and socialites to change the course of theater history.

Dates: May 10 - June 25

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


The Last Five Years

last five yars This musical comedy about finding "the one" takes place in New York City, where Cathy, a struggling artist, and Jamie, a rising novelist, put their love to the test against the collision of professional and personal passions.

Dates: May 11 - June 5

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Chester Bailey

chester baily This play tells the story of two men, a catastrophically injured young man and his doctor, whose lives intersect at the end of World War II in a world of love, loss, and imagination. Starring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn, this piece is returning to A.C.T.' Strand Theater for a special subscriber-only three-week engagement.

Dates: May 25 - June 12

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


June 2016

last five yars This musical comedy about finding "the one" takes place in New York City, where Cathy, a struggling artist, and Jamie, a rising novelist, put their love to the test against the collision of professional and personal passions.

Dates: May 11 - June 5

Location: A.C.T.'s Geary Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Now


Chester Bailey

chester baily This play tells the story of two men, a catastrophically injured young man and his doctor, whose lives intersect at the end of World War II in a world of love, loss, and imagination. Starring Academy Award nominee David Strathairn, this piece is returning to A.C.T.' Strand Theater for a special subscriber-only three-week engagement.

Dates: May 25 - June 12

Location: A.C.T.'s Strand Theater

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


Cabaret

caberetCabaret is set in pre-WWII Germany. With so many troubles outside, many people come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub to forget about their daily lives.

Will the draw of the racy, trouble free nightlife be enough to get everyone through such tough times in real life?

Dates: June 21 - July 17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


Red Velvet

red velvetIt's London in 1833 and no black man has ever taken the stage in a production. This is until now. It's the story of Ida, a young black American. In his journey to break the color barrier, he also has to fight the local ideals and socialites to change the course of theater history.

Dates: May 10 - June 25

Location: SF Playhouse

Buy Tickets: On Sale Soon


July 2016

Cabaret

caberetCabaret is set in pre-WWII Germany. With so many troubles outside, many people come to the infamous Kit Kat Klub to forget about their daily lives. Will the draw of the racy, trouble free nightlife be enough to get everyone here through such tough times in real life?

Dates: June 21 - July 17

Location: Golden Gate Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


City of Angels

city of angelsThis fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!

Dates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On Sale Soon


August 2016

Beautiful

beautifulThe Carole King Musical, Beautiful, returns to San Francisco in August and September 2016. It follows the story of King's inspirational rise to stardom. It starts from her life as being a part of a song writing team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts of her time.

Dates: August 9 - September 18

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


City of Angels

city of angelsThis fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!

Dates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On Sale Soon


September 2016

Beautiful

beautifulThe Carole King Musical, Beautiful, returns to San Francisco in August and September 2016. It follows the story of King's inspirational rise to stardom. It starts from her life as being a part of a song writing team to becoming one of the most successful solo acts of her time.

Dates: August 9 - September 18

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon


City of Angels

city of angelsThis fun musical comedy offers two plots and two unique scores. It's Hollywood in the 1940s. A time when Film Noir is popular and a writer is getting his latest film produced. He becomes frustrated as his leading characters talk back to him and his femme fatales won't stay on the screen!

Dates: July 5 - September 17

Location: SF Playhouse

Tickets: On Sale Soon


October 2016

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

hedwigIn this Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig, the lead singer of a rock-n-roll band, reveals her story as a transgender woman in America who was born male in East Berlin and whose botched operation left her with an "angry inch." This cathartic journey of self-realization is both funny and heartbreaking.

Dates: October 4 - 30

Location: Orpheum Theater

Tickets: On Sale Soon

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